On 25th May 2012, the UK passed the EU Cookie Directive relating to cookies stored by web sites.
This web site uses a session cookie (see below) if you log in, to remember who you are during the time you are connected to the site. No other cookies are stored on your computer in relation to this web site, and the session cookie is only used if you use the log-in functionality. No details about you or your use of this site is, or ever will be passed to a third party for the use of advertising or analysis of browsing habits.
There are several types of "cookie" used on web sites as detailed below:
1st Party Cookies: These are small text files used when visiting a web site to enable the site to function correctly, for instance to store your order reference on an ecommerce site so that your shopping basket can be retrieved, or to store your user ID during a visit to a site. These cookies are not available to other sites and cannot be used to trace your activity online beyond the scope of the site which issued the cookie.
3rd Party Cookies: These cookies are small text files stored on your computer as above, but are placed by, for example, advertisements on a web site you visit. These cookies can then be passed to other sites to allow targeted advertising based on your browsing habits
Session Cookies: These cookies are stored in the memory of your browser, and are normally used in the same way as 1st Party cookies, i.e. to track your use of the site which created the cookie. These cookies cannot be used by other web sites, and are deleted from memory when you leave the site or close your browser.
Following an update to web managers over the past couple of days due to much confusion about the implementation of the guidelines, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has now released the following information about what does and doesn't require explicit user consent to store cookies.
Strictly necessary cookies - those that ensure you can do things like checkout on a web shop. No user consent is required for these "category one" cookies.